Art subject coordinator – Miss Nagra

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Art Overview 2022-2023
Art Key Vocabulary
MFI Art Information Leaflet



At Moat Farm Infant School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.

Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Our children are taught different concepts during art lessons through their time in Reception and these skills are built upon as they move into Key Stage 1. Children will be introduced to a range of work from an array of famous and local artists to take inspiration from and develop their knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists. Our children are taught new vocabulary during ‘Word Aware’ lessons and dual coding is used in our lessons to ensure our classroom is a language rich environment.

In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process. This is a cross curricular skill that our children use throughout their time in school within other subjects such as Design and Technology, PE and Music. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not.


The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Moat Farm Infant School is based on the National Curriculum and linked to topics to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject. Children are taught Art across a half termly period, with planning allowing children to practise, apply and transfer their skills across the curriculum. Our lessons focus on retrieval practise of skills they have been taught earlier in their school life through quizzes, challenge questions, exit tickets and learning about one particular artist in Reception, such as Van Gogh, and continuing this learning into Year 1 and Year 2.

Areas covered include sculpture using clay which links to our animal topic, watercolour painting based on Van Gogh’s Starry Night, printing focusing on pattern work, drawing self-portraits taking influence from Picasso. Our Art journey is presented in our sketchbooks that has a focus on the experimental stage for our infant school. We then begin to apply our skills and experimental work as we move into Year 2 before progressing into the Juniors. At Moat Farm Infant School, we are very proud to display our Artwork around school.    The children’s learning is further enhanced with whole school ‘Big Art’ days when the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.

Art allows our children to develop their basic skills through our four curriculum drivers:

  • Learning for life – We believe that all children should be provided with opportunities to develop skills to tackle life in modern Britain and the wider world.

  • Possibilities – Children are given the opportunities to explore and experiment different techniques through a positive learning environment.

  • Creative and expressive arts – We believe in providing our children with rich opportunities in Art and showing them, we are proud of their work through displaying it around school.

  • Enterprise – We believe that in a modern world children are equipped with the skills to support them in later life.


Early Years Foundation Stage 

Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities.

They have opportunities to learn to:

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials.

  • Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.

  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas.

  • Explore colour and use for a particular purpose.

  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately.

  • Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary.


Key stage 1 

Pupils are taught:

  •  To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.

  •  To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.

  •  To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

  •  About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.


Our Art curriculum is designed for children to enjoy learning as well as ensuring there is clear progression and challenge. We measure the impact through termly data analysis to inform our planning for the next term. Regular celebrations of learning demonstrate progression across the school.

Useful websites:




Repeating patterns

Year 1

Taking inspiration from the greats–fun-to-read





Year 2

Taking inspiration from the greats–fun-to-read


Artist- Andy Goldsworthy

Artist- Georgia O’Keefe